Q: What lead you to become a nurse practitioner?
I like variety and I've always sought out variety in my jobs. I grew up in Lurgan Township and knew I wanted to stay in the area and help others.
I spent 20 years working as a registered nurse at Chambersburg Hospital. Then I got to the stage where I was ready for a change. So, I went back to school and graduated from Pennsylvania State University before working as a nurse practitioner for 14 years with Keystone Health.
Q: Why did you decide to stay in the Franklin County area?
I live in the most beautiful place on Earth so I didn't want to leave. I love everything about Franklin County from the four seasons to the beautiful mountains to the friendly people.
Q: What would you say is a common misconception about family practice or something people don't realize as often?
I think a lot of patients don't realize the variety of care we provide, such as newborn and women's gynecological care. We're here to help no matter the situation though.
Q: What are you most looking forward to about living in Franklin County?
I'm excited to join this good group of people and begin working with families - from the oldest to the youngest members - and help them with their care.
I'm really happy to see that the physicians here take a â€˜patient first' philosophy and realize that as providers, we need to be concerned not only about our own patients, but each and every person who visits our practice.
Q: What hobbies or interests do you enjoy outside of your career?
Family always comes first, but I also really love listening to Bob Dylan. Last year, I treated myself and attended four of his concerts. I also enjoy a lot of hobbies including sewing, quilling, stamp collecting and quilting.